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(Archive image for illustrative purposes. Wikimedia Commons) U.S. Elections: Trump Wins Nomination; Legal Troubles for Clinton

(Archive image for illustrative purposes. Wikimedia Commons) By Britt Nelson Editor’s note: The views expressed by guest columnists are not necessarily those of The Costa Rica Star, its advertisers, or its staff. Washington, May 26 (EFE; additional reporting and opinion by The Costa Rica Star). Real-estate mogul Donald Trump has exceeded the minimum number of delegates needed to secure t...

Wikimedia Commons Costa Rica Lawmakers Reach Out to Pope Francis on Abortion Issue

Source: Correos de Costa Rica A cadre of 19 legislators from eight political parties in Costa Rica have signed a request for Papal intervention against the potential legalization of abortion. The request was announced earlier this week during an ordinary session of the Legislative Assembly; of the eight parties that signed the petition, seven are well-established in Costa Rica, only Restaur...

"El chapo Guzmán" por Fabrizio León Diez - Obra do próprio. Licenciado sob CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons Chapo Guzman is Looking to Make a Deal With the U.S.

Joaquin "Chapo" Guzman. Source: Wikimedia Commons Mexico City, May 23 (EFE).- Drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" (Shorty) Guzman will not appeal any ruling opening the way for his extradition to the United States, a move approved by the Mexican Foreign Relations Secretariat last week, if he reaches an agreement with U.S. authorities, defense attorney Jose Refugio Rodriguez told EFE. "Joaquin is n...

Tuna is a major target of illegal fishing. Costa Rica Signs International Agreement to Fight Illegal Fishing

Longline tuna haul. Source: Greenpeace. FAO Media Release - 16 May 2016, Rome - Illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing is about to become much more difficult thanks to the imminent entry into force of the Port State Measures Agreement (PSMA), a ground-breaking international accord championed by FAO. Now that the required threshold has been reached, with 30 Members having formally...

An EgyptAir Airbus. Wikimedia Commons U.S. Elections: EgyptAir 804 Becomes a Campaign Talking Point

An EgyptAir Airbus. Wikimedia Commons By Britt Nelson Editor’s note: The views expressed by guest columnists are not necessarily those of The Costa Rica Star, its advertisers, or its staff. Just as soon as EgyptAir Flight 804 crashed into the Mediterranean Sea early Thursday presidential candidate Republican Donald Trump -- without any real evidence -- claimed the tragic incident to be “...

Wikimedia Commons UN Expert Concerned About Elderly Population of Costa Rica

Wikimedia Commons GENEVA  – The diversity of the needs of older persons is invisible in current policies related to ageing in Costa Rica despite the existence of good practices in the country, the United Nations Independent Expert on the enjoyment of all human rights by older persons, Rosa Kornfeld-Matte, said on 18 May. “Older persons are not a homogenous group,” the expert stressed at the...

Wikimedia Commons U.S. Increases Deportations of Central American Immigrants

Wikimedia Commons Washington, May 18 (EFE).- Central American parents and children who are in the United States after fleeing the violence in their home countries went to Congress Wednesday to ask for "laws that protect them" and the legal protection needed to be able to apply for asylum here. Half a dozen children, some of them accompanied by their parents, traveled from Chicago to Washing...

imgflip.com U.S. Elections: Sanders Is In For The Long Run

imgflip.com By Britt Nelson Editor’s Note: The views expressed by guest columnists are not necessarily those of The Costa Rica Star, its advertisers, or its staff. Kentucky handed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton a very weak victory Tuesday night over Democratic rival Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, described by a CNN news anchor as “tighter than a Speedo on Chris Christie.” San...

Wikimedia Commons U.S. Extends Protection to Migrants from Honduras and Nicaragua

Wikimedia Commons Washington, May 16 (EFE).- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced Monday that it is extending for another 18 months the Temporary Protected Status, or TPS, for Honduras and Nicaragua, a measure that also allows the extension of work permits. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced in a statement that the limit on this immigration benefit for Nicaragua...

LGBT flag U.S. Elections: Transgender Politics and Public Education

By Britt Nelson Editor’s Note: The views expressed by guest columnists are not necessarily those of The Costa Rica Star, its advertisers, or its staff. A new reality is spreading across the United States of America in places of traditional privacy – public bathrooms in shopping centers, airports, swimming pools and schools. Through President Obama’s U.S. Department of Education, p...

Michael Temer with Dilma Rousseff Acting President of Brazil Removes Women from Cabinet

Michael Temer with Dilma Rousseff Brasilia, May 12 (EFE).- Brazilian acting President Michel Temer on Thursday chose leading figures from nine centrist and conservative parties for his Cabinet, which for the first time in decades has no female ministers. Temer, who had been vice president, replaced Dilma Rousseff of the center-left Workers Party, or PT, Brazil's first woman head of state, w...

Source: rree.go.cr Köszönöm! Diplomatic Agreements Between Costa Rica and Hungary

Source: rree.go.cr The Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Péter Szijjártó, concluded diplomatic, economic and education agreements during his one-day official visit to Costa Rica, from where he informed Hungarian news agency MTI by telephone from San José de Costa Rica on Wednesday evening local time. 'Hungary views Costa Rica as a bridgehead for building relations with Centra...

Pixabay Commons Area 51 Secrets Would be Revealed if Clinton is Elected

Pixabay Commons Washington, May 11 (EFE).- U.S. President Barack Obama has no plans to divulge information about the secret military base known as Area 51, where spy aircraft were tested during the Cold War and where some believe confidential information about extraterrestrials is being kept, the White House said. However, Democratic presidential favorite Hillary Clinton has said that, if s...

ISIS fighters in Iraq. (Wikimedia Commons) The U.S. Elections and the ISIS Crisis

ISIS fighters in Iraq. (Wikimedia Commons) By Britt Nelson Editor’s Note: The views expressed by guest columnists are not necessarily those of The Costa Rica Star, its advertisers, or its staff. West Virginia voters spoke loudly Tuesday night in the Democratic presidential primary giving Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders a large win over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. While West...

(ICR-CRS Archive) Former Costa Rica president calls Trump anti-immigrant rhetoric “dangerous”

(ICR-CRS Archive) The former President of Costa Rica, Laura Chinchilla (2010-2014) described U.S. Republican presidential candidate, Donald’s Trump campaign rhetoric as “dangerous” even if the billionaire does not win the general election, in an interview published Friday by the Mexican newspaper, Reforma. The biggest risk that Trump represents to Latin America is not that he is likely to w...

Wikimedia Commons El Viejito: Sanders’ Late Appeal to U.S. Latino Voters

Wikimedia Commons By Britt Nelson Editor’s note: The views expressed by guest columnists are not necessarily those of The Costa Rica Star, its advertisers, or its staff. Trump, Clinton and Sanders – what a nice ménage à trois. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders refuses to quit the Democratic presidential race, causing much frustration within the campaign of former Secretary of State Hillary ...

Marijuana Costa Rica Immigration Director Fired After Return of U.S. Drug Dealer

Close up of a Marijuana plant flowering during the final stages of growth. EFE/file The return of Daniel Fowlie Briggs, a marijuana smuggler from the United States who spent more than 15 years in prison, is being cited as one of several blunders that led to the termination of Kathya Rodriguez, Director of Immigration in Costa Rica. President Luis Guillermo Solis, who appointed former Direct...

Source: U.S. DHS U.S. and Costa Rica Officials Meet to Discuss Illegal Immigration

Source: U.S. DHS WASHINGTON, May 4, 2015 – Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson met with Costa Rican Foreign Minister Manuel Gonzalez Sanz to discuss opportunities for bilateral engagement on border security, information sharing, counter-narcotic efforts, and migration flows through Central America. Secretary Johnson and Foreign Minister Gonzalez discussed opportunities to stre...

Wikimedia Commons U.S. Elections: Unopposed Trump vs. Lump of Coal Clinton

Wikimedia Commons By Britt Nelson Trump buried Cruz in the Indiana Primary on Tuesday night while Sanders scored an upset victory over the former U.S. Secretary of State. Democrat Hillary Clinton’s recent comments about shutting down the coal industry in America replayed this week on national TV from West Virginia – a former coal country king -- apparently resonated with close-by Indiana...

Flickr Commons Celebrating World Press Freedom Day in Costa Rica

Flickr Commons By Drew Johnson Editor's Note: Costa Rica is blessed to enjoy a very high level of press freedom in the Americas. For this reason, we are pleased to bring you this contributed opinion by Mr. Drew Johnson, reporter for The Daily Caller and senior scholar Taxpayers Protection Alliance in Washington, DC. This opinion does not reflect that of The Costa Rica Star or its advertiser...

(Wikimedia Commons) Hatred and Violence Tarnish the U.S. Elections Process

(Wikimedia Commons) By Britt Nelson The dark side of politics reared its ugly head Thursday night during a political rally in California for New York Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump – massive police presence in riot gear, cops on horseback, a smashed police car, hatred on display in the streets, violence everywhere, shouting and fighting resulting in 20 arrests. Welcome to Ca...

From US Navy media gallery Denied: U.S. Aircraft Carrier Cannot Enter Hong Kong Port

From US Navy media gallery Washington, Apr 30 (EFE).- China has denied a U.S. aircraft carrier and other ships entry to a Hong Kong port, a Pentagon spokesman told CNN. "We were recently informed that a request for a port visit by a U.S. carrier strike group, including the USS John C. Stennis and accompanying vessels, to Hong Kong was denied," Cmdr. Bill Urban said Friday. "We have a lon...

Source: Wikimedia Commons Costa Rica Stays on U.S. Intellectual Property Watch List

Source: Wikimedia Commons Washington, D.C. – On the heels of World Intellectual Property Day, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) has released the 2016 “Special 301” Report (PDF) on the global state of intellectual property rights protection and enforcement. U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman was joined by Members of Congress and the American business community...

(Archive image for illustrative purposes. Wikimedia Commons) Unstoppable Donald Trump Faces Major Enemy: His Own Party

(Archive image for illustrative purposes. Wikimedia Commons) By Britt Nelson Editor’s note: The views expressed by guest columnists are not necessarily those of The Costa Rica Star, its advertisers, or its staff. Donald Trump’s five-state win Tuesday night is being called “astonishing” and “profound.” What’s so incredible is that the New York billionaire Republican won each county in ...

Source: Milena Santos Facebook Super Sexy Photos of Brazilian Official’s Wife Spark Controversy

Source: Milena Santos Facebook Sao Paulo, Apr 26 (EFE).- Photos posted on Facebook by the dishy wife of Brazil's new tourism minister, taken in his office, have sparked controversy on the nation's social networks. Milena Santos, named Miss Bumbum 2013 in Miami, released on her Facebook profile photos posing in an office of the Tourism Ministry, now headed by her husband, Alessandro Golombiw...

Source: Wikimedia Commons U.S. President Obama Encounters GMO Opposition in Germany

An anti-GMO activist in San Francisco. Source: Wikimedia Commons By Juan Palop Hanover, Germany, Apr 23 (EFE).- Tens of thousands of people protested Saturday in Hanover against the TTIP trade agreement between the United States and the European Union, on a day when both U.S. President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed their unyielding support for the project. Th...

Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton. EFE file U.S. Elections: Why Clinton and Trump Continue to Lead

By Britt Nelson Editor’s note: The views expressed by guest columnists are not necessarily those of The Costa Rica Star, its advertisers, or its staff. Politics can be so fickle. Picking a presidential candidate is like voting for homecoming king and queen back in high school. We like this one, but not that one. This one is too tall and that one is too fat. It’s all a popularity contest. We ...

Wikimedia Commons International Observers Praise Costa Rica’s Democratic System

Source: Wikimedia Commons The Mission of the Organization of American States (OAS) that observed the municipal elections in Costa Rica on February 7, 2016 today congratulated the citizens of the country on the successful participation in the process, which the Mission qualified as “a show of the solidity of its democratic system.” In his report (Spanish) to the Permanent Council of the Orga...

Wikimedia Commons After New York Victory, Trump Calls for Campaign Reform

Wikimedia Commons By Britt Nelson Homeboy billionaire Donald Trump and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton won the New York Primary on Tuesday night, further advancing a future face-off between the two for the upcoming national Presidential election in November. Republican Trump scored higher than expected with a whopping 60.5 percent of the vote and winning at least 89 of New...

Guatemalan president, Jimmy Morales. (State media) Guatemala president offers Trump “cheap labor” to build wall

Guatemalan president, Jimmy Morales. (State media) Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales took the opportunity of a Facebook Live interview with the Spanish-language edition of The New York Times to mock Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump's proposal for a wall on the U.S. border with Mexico. "To the gentleman who wishes to build that wall, I offer cheap labor," the former television c...

Wikimedia Commons U.S. Senator Worried About Cubans Passing Through Costa Rica

Wikimedia Commons Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) today questioned State Department officials from the Obama Administration regarding the Cuban migratory crisis currently unfolding in Central America. Rubio also addressed security challenges in Central American countries. Rubio made his comments during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on 'Central America and the ...

Wikimedia Commons Political Corruption in Brazil Gets Its Own Netflix Series

Wikimedia Commons São Paulo, April 15th, 2016 – Netflix, the world’s leading Internet television network, announced that filming of its new original series based on recent corruption investigation Operation Car Wash (Lava Jato in Portuguese), will begin this year in Brazil. The yet-to-be-titled series will be created and directed by José Padilha (Narcos, Elite Squad and Robocop), and written b...

(Wikimedia Commons) What is the “Trump Effect” And How Does It Affect U.S. Schools?

(Wikimedia Commons) Chicago, Apr 15 (EFE).- The anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim rhetoric of Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump has invaded schools and universities across the United States, where the magnate's followers shout his name to intimidate Latinos and other people of color. "Trump has become a synonym for hate and his name is used to threaten minorities," the Midwest regional...

Wikimedia Commons U.S. Elections: Sanders is a Strong Contender in New York

Wikimedia Commons By Britt Nelson Editor’s note: The views expressed by guest columnists are not necessarily those of The Costa Rica Star, its advertisers, or its staff. It appears almost certain that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will win the April 19 New York Primary in her quest to secure the Democratic nomination for President, but Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has won a lo...

Wikimedia Commons Costa Rica and Guyana Discuss Agricultural Priorities

Wikimedia Commons The Honorable Noel Holder, Agriculture Minister of Guyana arrived in Costa Rica on April 11 as part of a visit to discuss Agricultural priorities among the two countries. Among the discussions held, the main topic will be the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture’s (IICA) Country Strategy 2014-2018. The Agriculture Minister is accompanied by Chief Executi...

Wikimedia Commons U.S. Primaries Trudge Along With Mud-Slinging and Petty Drama

Wikimedia Commons By Britt Nelson Editor’s note: The views expressed by guest columnists are not necessarily those of The Costa Rica Star, its advertisers, or its staff. Watching the developing war of words in the presidential race for the upcoming New York primary from Costa Rica is quite entertaining no matter which candidate you support. Each day we get to watch an eye-popping sunset ...

(Wikimedia Commons) Poorly-Endowed Donald Trump Painting Sparks Controversy

(Wikimedia Commons) Washington, Apr 9 (EFE). - Several U.S. art galleries have refused to exhibit artist Illma Gore's painting of controversial magnate and Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump, whom she portrays naked with tiny genitals. But the painting, in which Trump is seen with his arms resting on one knee, will get a showing within two weeks at Britain's Maddox Gallery in Lond...

Source: rree.go.cr Costa Rica Holds Bilateral Consultations with the European Union

Source: rree.go.cr Brussels, 08/04/2016 - On 7 April 2016, the first meeting between the European Union and Costa Rica under the Memorandum of Understanding between both parties was held in Brussels. The Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs and Worship of Costa Rica, Mr. Alejandro Solano Ortiz and the Managing Director for the Americas of the European External Action Service (EEAS), Mrs. Edita Hrd...

Costa Rica’s President Luis Guillermo Solís and U.S. Navy Adm. Kurt Tidd, commander of U.S. Southern Command, greet each other prior to the opening ceremony for the Central American Security Conference April 7 in San Jose. Photo by Jose Ruiz, SOUTHCOM Costa Rica Hosted U.S. – Central American Security Conference

Costa Rica’s President Luis Guillermo Solís and U.S. Navy Adm. Kurt Tidd, commander of U.S. Southern Command, greet each other prior to the opening ceremony for the Central American Security Conference April 7 in San Jose. Photo by Jose Ruiz, SOUTHCOM By Jose Ruiz and Michael Wimbish, United States Southern Command SAN JOSE, Costa Rica -- Top government, defense, and police leaders from Cen...

Wikimedia Commons U.S. Elections: Wisconsin Sent Message to Trump and Clinton

Wikimedia Commons By Britt Nelson Editor’s note: The views expressed by guest columnists are not necessarily those of The Costa Rica Star, its advertisers, or its staff. Hillary Clinton is still in the driver’s seat, but when she looks in the rear-view mirror the sight of Bernie Sanders nipping at her heels keeps getting bigger. Vermont Sen. Sanders whipped former Secretary of State C...

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